Samsung has launched two new Galaxy Tabs marking the end of the days of a round number for the size of a tablet is over.
In the good old days we knew that tablets were 7, 8 or 10 inch in size but these days it seems that no one can get the sizes exact.
Samsung’s two new tablets are the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 inch. Both of them are naturally thinner than iPad AIR and are 6.6 mm thick. iPad AIR is 7.5mm but has been on the market longer. Our guess is that Apple will get around to releasing a thinner air in a few months.
Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has 212.8 mm x 125.6 mm x 6.6 mm length, wide, thickness and measures rather healthy and light 294 grams. This translates to 5.05 x 8.62 x 0.28 inches. It comes with Super AMOLED display with great 2560x1600 resolution which is amazing for 8.4 inch size. This is the resolution we saw at the Samsung Pro tablets. Oddly enough the US version, which is powered by a Snapdragon 800, seems to weight 336 grams or 11.8521 ounces.
The 8.4 Galaxy Tab S has 4800 mAh battery that should last for up to 11 hours of video if you are having a Lord of the Rings fest. It has a fingertip scanner and comes in two CPU versions. The non-cellular version will pack Samsung own Exynos 5 Octa that has four cores running at 1.9 GHz and four that run at 1.3 GHz. The cellular version comes with a well-known and last year's champ Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz.
It has an 8 Megapixel rear and 2.1 full HD front camera for chatting, it comes with well-known Android 4.4 Kit Kat (we are not sure if its 4.4.2 or 4.4.3) and has 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac MIMO wireless as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and iRLED. It comes with GPS, Glonass and Beidu (not in US and Canada) and only LTE version has a proximity sensor.
2GB or 3GB RAM, 2560x1600 screen
The devices have 3 GB of RAM and an option between 16 and 32 GB of internal memory and micro SD slot supporting additional 128GB. US version listed on companies website claims it comes with Snapdragon 800 and has 2GB of RAM.
The part we don’t like about Samsung devices is the blotware which they don’t let you uninstall including Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, Video Editor Gear Manager, Gear Fit Manager, Samsung Smart Switch, Samsung Level, E-meeting, Kids Mode, Kids Piano(Ding Dong Tap), S-Console, Hanshow, Hancell, Hanwrite and more than a dozen Google applications. This is not the end of it as Samsung offers content services and applications including Papergarden, Professional pack, Multi-user mode, Sidesync 3.0 and Gear & Gear fit manager.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 s 8.4 should be available in July and the non LTE version should sell for $399. The most important is that it comes in dazzling white or titanium bronze and can be pre ordered right away in the US and even comes with a free premium cover.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5 starts at $499
Bigger brother, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, has the Exynos 5 Octa CPU, 2560x1600 resolution but on a 10.5 inch screen. It also has the same storage and 3 GB RAM memory. It measures 247.3 mm x 177.3 mm x 6.6 mm and weights four gram short of iPad AIR, 465g. It is 2 grams heavier and has an LTE version.
It comes with 7900 mAh battery that should be sufficient for 11 hours of video playback. The rest of the specification is the same as with the smaller version. The price of the 10.5 version is not bad at $499 for the 16GB version and more for 32GB or LTE. You cannot pre order the 10.5 version on the US website nor has the final specification been listed.